Books in the Cabinet

Once a week, I try to go through the reading cabinet and dig out some current favorites that my kids and I like to read together.  Some of the ones we are reading right now:

1. Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard. I love books that help us deal with feelings.  We need that these days.

grumpy bird

2. Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray. Cute, cute pictures.  And if you are tired of reading ABC books, then this is a nice change of pace.

apple pie

3. Curious George and the Dump Truck by Margaret and H.A. Rey.  George wins us over every time.  But this one is also about a dump truck. How perfect is that?

george and the dumptruck

4. Finn Throws a Fit by David Elliot and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Another great book about emotions.

finn throws a fit

5. Call of the Trains by Jim Shaughnessy.

call of the trains

This is not a kids’ book; it is a coffee table photography book about trains in the 1950’s. The pictures inside are black and white.  They are gorgeous.  They fill even me, hard-hearted begrudging “ok fine one more train book” mom, with some train love. You can’t really read the words to a young child, as they detail how the pictures were taken and when.  But just flipping through this huge book can eat up some time and bring up lots of train-related things to talk about.  You can see the inside of the engine, trains driving through the snow, and (always our favorite) trains crossing really cool-looking bridges, etc.


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2 responses to “Books in the Cabinet

  1. Fay

    I don’t know if you are aware of this, but my grandfather (your kids’ great-great grandfather was a railroad worker from about 1920 until the late 1950’s. He worked himself up from brakeman to engineer, which in those days had the prestige that a jet pilot has today. The rail yards were sooty and steamy, as the engines were all run on coal. They used a “round house” to service engines and move them to other tracks. It was basically a large lazy Susan with a turntable that moved the engines from one spoke of track to another, if you can imagine that. I was sad when they tore the round house down, as it was the end of an era. All that remain are the pictures, of course in black and white, and they bring back memories for us old enough to remember that trains were truly part of daily life.

    • Call of the Trains has pictures of some roundhouses. They look amazing and imposing and huge. Really cool to see them. If you have pictures of GG-Grandfather as an engineer, Finn would be really excited to see them.

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